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Questions tagged [toddler]

Age specific questions from about 1 year to about 3 years. Younger: infant. Older: pre-schooler.

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19 month old emitting short bursts of high-pitched screaming when frustrated

I know there are a lot of posts on here about screaming but I feel like my situation may be different. Feel free to mark this as a duplicate post if not... My wife, my mother-in-law, my 19 month old ...
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How do I help my 5 year old sister with PTSD and serious behavioral issues?

Okay so I'm not a parent I'm a big sister. We're 14 years apart, different dads, single mom, etc. Sadly, her father was abusive and around long enough for her to remember just how abusive he was. My ...
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How to react when two toddlers fight over the same toy?

Your children are playing happily. Suddenly, you hear them yelling and notice that they both grab on to the same toy and fight over it. You don't know who "had it first" and, thus, has some kind of "...
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My 2.5-year-old son likes to break things

When we are having lunch or dinner, my 2.5-year-old son likes to break or throw things from the table. He throws sugar pots, cups, plates, etc. Almost everything that can be broken, he will throw it. ...
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Why am I hurt by my toddler saying she wanted to throw all her toys in the garbage?

My 2-year-old was throwing a fit tonight. I got home from work and my father said my daughter would not put her toys away. My daughter told me she wanted to throw all her toys in the garbage. I don't ...
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15 months old toddler reacts strongly to cough

I have a fifteen-months-old nephew who reacts strongly when people around him cough or make unwanted loud noises (i.e. sneeze). His reaction is often staring at the whoever made the noise, screaming ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

I have been breastfeeding my son since he was born up to now at 2 years old. I noticed that he really enjoys being fed and playing with my nipple. When he gets upset and I hold him, he will put his ...
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How to balance reassuring a child with invalidating their feelings?

I have an amazing almost 14 month old son. He's curious and is starting to get into trouble that occasionally causes him to fall or bump his head. I think that part of the time he's actually hurting ...
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Is it OK for 2.5 yrs old to sleep 9 hours night + 1 hour day nap?

My daughter sleeps from 10pm-7am every night and usually takes 1 hour nap in the nursery. If she misses her nap, she'll go to bed early. So overall, getting 10 hour a day. NHS (UK) recommends 11.5 ...
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Me too! My two year old daughter want to drink and eat everything I do!

I have a lovely 28 month old daughter who talks and walks very well for her age. Currently she is in the phase that she wants to have everything I or my wife grabs out of the fridge or storage. If I ...
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Toddler crying at lunch during school

Background Our girl, 19 months old, goes to day care 3 days a week. She has started becoming fussy about eating most things (as toddlers do). My wife and I have been feeding her some more simple ...
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Is it harmful or helpful to actively provide educational activities to toddlers?

I hear from a lot of people that the best way for very young children is through self directed play and that any adult directed activities are at best not helpful and possibly actively harmful to ...
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Can I learn another language alongside my 3 year old son?

Me and my wife come from Poland, but live in the UK. Our son was born here, and is with British child-minder since around 1. He'll be 3 this December. We speak both Polish and English to him, and ...
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What are the most useful commonplace words for a child under 3 years of age to learn?

For children under the age of 3, I've noticed that there are certain words that help with their communication development with adults on their needs and wants. It's obvious that a baby being able to ...
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Is a three year old mentally developed enough to comprehend delayed punishment?

Long story short, my three year old threw an epic tantrum at bed time. There were several attempts to address the situation before I was finally able to mollify her. I felt there needed to be ...
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How can I get my toddler(s) to stop (fake) crying

Seems like it might be a common question, so if it is I apologize, but here we go. I am trying to come up with a way to stop my two toddler boys (2 and 3 years old) from "fake" crying. I understand ...
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My almost 3yr is crying for just about nothing

My son will be 3 yr old soon and it's been a turmoil. I feel emotionally overwhelmed by his crying out of the blue, when he doesn't want anything he's crying, breakfast time, lunch ... And he's not ...
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1 year old toddler changes pattern of sleep

I just noticed a recent change of sleeping pattern of my 2nd son, who is now 1 year and 3 month old. To be accurate the change started about 1 week ago. Before that he used to turn in right away ...
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When does it become possible to spoil a child?

As a new parent, I'm well aware that you cannot spoil a baby, and my wife and I enforce that. However, at what age (or level of the child's ability) should we begin easing off this ideology? Are there ...
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I'm losing it, with a talkative toddler, a colicky baby, chores, work, and lack of sleep

I have a daughter who's 3 and a half, she's bright but always talking and is now at that "why everything" age. I have another daughter who's now 4 months old. For the first 3 months she had colic ...
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How to explain to a toddler why she doesn't have siblings?

My husband and I have decided not to have more children, which would make our currently 10 month old daughter an only child. While we obviously have our (adult) reasons for this decision, I am ...
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How to help 3-year-old son not immediately start whining/throwing fit

I want to start out saying that I realize there is nothing unusual about my son's behavior as I'm about to describe, especially considering the situation (new baby). I am just wondering what, if ...
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How to encourage our 2.5-year-old to tell us when he needs to go to the potty?

Our son is 2.5 years old. We have been potty training him since his 2nd birthday. It's been a long haul but we're getting there. When he is outside in his underwear he knows when he needs to go pee ...
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Potty Training a 3 year Old Foster Child

We just started potty training a 3 year old boy when we got him 2 months ago. He poops on the toilet but he does not understand the concept of when he needs to go. When prompted, he will use the ...
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My child starts crying in the middle of night

When our 15-month-old child goes to sleep without playing enough or when she sleeps after crying, she cries in the middle of the night. I don't know if the mentioned cause are probable to be exact or ...
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What is the cause (or solution) to 10-min apart awakenings of 15 month old?

Father here of a child about 15 months old who has never been a great sleeper but has been improving over time. Notable parameters are: 1) very regular routine for naps and sleep, 2) still nursing, ...
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Consequences: Act or talk first?

I'm in disagreement with my spouse on how to handle consequences for our usually well behaved 2.5yo toddler. I prefer telling him how to behave, e.g. "Don't sit on your baby brother" (and pulling him ...
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How to cut the nails on my toddler?

Every week it is like torture for all three of us. My 15 months old son screams and thrashes around, somehow he hates it. We try to distract him, with head massage or some far relative cutting it, but ...
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My 5 year old got suspended for insubordination. This is his 2nd suspension how can I better help him

School just started and already my kindergartner has been suspended twice. This time it's for insubordination. He is only 5. How can I better help him with his behavior? His behavior at home is not ...
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My toddler son likes to hug a playmate but the playmate (boy) often doesn't want to

He is two and playmate is the same age. They play well together but the playmate rebuffs hugs- how do you handle that?
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Should you play games with a toddler that they're very good at and always win?

I have been reading the Should you let a toddler win question and it appears to be a bad thing to let a child always win. I have been playing the memory cards game (where you have to find two ...
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Putting a toddler to sleep and have him continue to sleep

We have a 2 year old son. He's wonderful and we love him very much. There are two problems that we have... 1 - I am his father. I have very rarely put him to sleep by myself. I'd like to help my ...
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Strategies for 2-year-olds who play in bed instead of relaxing

For most of his life our toddler had no issue settling down to sleep on his own (in fact leaving him alone in a crib was the only way, as an infant, we could get him to sleep, and it worked reliably; ...
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How to help my daughter's 2-year-old son overcome his separation anxiety?

My daughter is a single mom with a 2-year-old boy. He cries when she needs to do dishes and laundry. Even if he had eye contact with her, he doesn't want to play on his own or watch one of his movies,...
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An absent father not being absent anymore

Four years ago my daughter's biological dad walked out on us for another family when my daughter was 6 months old. At the time we were only teenagers. He never asked about her or bothered to pay a ...
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How to teach a 3 year old to use an appropriate amount of toilet paper?

We're potty-training our 3-year old, and we'd like for him to be learning how to wipe himself after he goes. However, if he is unsupervised he frequently uses an excessive amount of toilet paper. On a ...
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I want to teach my children the power of compound growth, what are some demonstrations that they can be a part of?

Like all parents, we want our children to lead happy lives. One of the critical components to that is giving them the mental tools and experiences so that they can make good economic decisions in ...
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How to stop a 1-year-old from biting?

I have an adorable, sweet, funny 1-year-old who has developed a bad habit of biting. He usually only bites when he's frustrated, for example: another 1-year-old child I nanny for, cries unless he's ...
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What to do about my almost 3-year-old daughter pooing her nappy and not telling anyone?

I have a 2.5-year-old daughter. She is almost almost 3. She poos her nappy and doesn't tell anyone to the point her bum is red and blistered. Can anyone give me advice or have something similar why ...
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How to handle a 2 year old's preconceived ideas about the “gender” of toys

I have a 2 year old grandson that I take care for half a week and his dad the other half. My grandson recently told me he didn't want to play with any "girly" toys. This happened over a pair of ...
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How do I get junk off a reluctant toddler's teeth? [duplicate]

I have a two-year-old son who is extremely mild-mannered but hates having his teeth brushed. He cries, squirms, clamps his mouth shut, sticks out his tongue to block the toothbrush, etc. He's been ...
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What to do about my almost 3-year-old son now going late to bed and wanting us to stay in his room with him?

My 2 years and 9 months old son has never been the best sleeper, but we don't know what to do anymore. He used to go to bed without a hitch at 8:30 pm and sometimes get up at 2-3 am or sleep until 5:...
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Children mimic parents, but what to do when it gets out of hand?

There's this 3.5 year old that I know, who keeps saying/yelling "Listen to me" when you try to correct him. He probably gets it from his parents, who I've seen saying the same thing when they're ...
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20 month old doesn't follow commands

My 20 month old doesn't respond to commands. He doesn't talk yet. He is not responding to his name. Hearing problem? But, he responds and looks at me when I sing any of his rhymes. Wherever he is ...
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How do I manage my toddler's fear to use the potty?

My LO is almost 15 months. She just started walking and has been really good at climbing on chairs for a while so I figured we'd buy a potty, no pressure, just to get her used to the idea. I sat her ...
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What is the most gentle way to break an association in a 15 months old?

We are doing a daycare transition currently. My LO is 15 months old next week. I spent all AM and lunch there with her yesterday and today. It's a family based homecare and I've only heard very ...
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Can I safely give my two year old a book he vomited on?

I just bought a new book with paper pages. On the drive home, my two year old threw up his supper into the book. I did my best to clean it, but it's paper, not board, so it absorbed some of the liquid....
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How do I tell my daughter the only dad she's ever known, isn't her biological dad? [duplicate]

I had my oldest daughter very young, with a man that chose to not be involved at the time (Who now has two more children by two different woman) we split up when my oldest daughter was about 1. Not ...
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How do I get my 3 year old to stop pooping in his pants?

My son is 3 years and 9 months old. He has an amazing personality. In short, he takes the world by his terms. He has been working on potty training for sometime now and I understand there will be ...
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My 2-year-old son can't speak beyond 2 words yet?

My son will turn 2 on the 5th of August this year. He hasn't picked up any words beyond mama and papa. Firstly is it okay that he hasn't yet spoken beyond these 2 words? There are a few things which ...